How to Host a Bridal Shower Brunch

I recently had the pleasure of hosting my sister-in-law’s bridal shower brunch at our new home! For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted a house that was perfect for hosting because I could fill it with love, laughter, and PARTIES! So when it came time to plan out her shower with the other bridesmaids, I was more than willing to host!

Our Beautiful Bride to Be

The Beekman

I just returned home from a work trip to NYC where I finally stayed at The Beekman! I was pleasantly surprised at what it had to offer. I’m a Marriott girl myself so I try to always stay at one of their brands. I try to milk those company paid hotel stays into free nights with my family and the best way to do that is by sticking to one hotel every time.

My coworkers finally talked me into staying with them and I was amazed at how unique the place was. I’ve visited the hotel before for breakfast but have never spent the night. Aside from being a great location with a good restaurant and bar, there is so much to take in and get inspired from.

Little People, Big Emotions

I just got back from a school drop off from hell. Well, it isn’t the worst that I have ever had, but with the weight of the week and month laying heavy on my mind, I didn’t handle it well. The summer school session has hit and that means a transition of teachers and classmates. The drop offs for Reid are usually challenging. Dude has been going to pre-school since he was 18 months old and you would think it was his first time, every time. There are more days than not where the drop off includes clinging to my legs whining, and begging me to stay at school with them. Some days are better than others, but he usually seems to sense when I have an early meeting or a reason to get back home on a time table. Harper’s go with the flow attitude makes her drop offs relatively easy. I actually wonder if she would ever realize I was gone should I end up missing. She finds Mondays particularly difficult though because she goes hard on the weekends and “needs more sleep”. She too has had some regressions with the class changeover and my increased work trips. Reid’s intense emotions often times hypes her up too. “Ahhhh the world is ending as we know it!! Reid, what are we dying from?! I’m here with you bro.”

Dance Mom or Die, Season 1

It’s the Monday after my little people’s first dance recital and I’m barely alive and grinning from ear to ear, but I’m exhausted. I’m so proud that they/we finally committed to an activity and finished it! They joined dance on a whim because their BFF was already going. They took to it right away, unlike soccer, and really seemed to enjoying dancing with their new friends. I enjoyed dancing when I was younger, clogging to be specific, and I was so excited to see how they liked something that really shaped my early years.

Blog Launch!

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited to officially launch and share the blog with you! I briefly started a blog in 2012 but life got away from me. Earlier this year, I had a few sleepless nights thinking about a blog and building something special that allowed me to explore and build a more creative outlet. I have always enjoyed writing and have a long term goal to one day write a book, so I figured this could be step 1 in achieving that goal!

Be sure to visit the “Meet Us” section to learn more about what this space is all about! To get started, I hope to share a little bit of everything and will let the vision of this space come into clearer focus as we feel our way through.

Let me know me know what type of content is your favorite and what topics or posts you’d be interested in reading. I’ve always been an open book about my life and I can’t wait to share more 🙂


A Day at Sebastian Inlet

Sebastian Inlet

We just got home from a day at Sebastian Inlet State Park in Melbourne Beach, FL. My in-laws live in Rockledge, FL and drove past the inlet recently on the way to Vero Beach. The park caught their eye as a place that might be nice to take the kids (age 4) because the inlet swim area was calm, and the shallow side, but still had a nice beach feel to it.

Products We Love: Kids

The Testing Twins

Muddy Buddies: SSAWcasa One Piece Rain Suit Kids. For the stomp in the mud type kids that are always coming home dirty. We have the Blue Koala and Pink Bunny. We were hesitant to buy a Muddy Buddy because they seemed expensive, that was until we found these!

Olaf Costume: Disney Frozen Olaf Costume. We wanted something that was cheaper and authentic looking. My son doesn’t wear it as much as he promised, which is why we buy cheap!

Monkey Bars: Eezy Peezy Monkey Bars Climbing Tower. The kids got this for Christmas when they were 2 and it has been a house favorite ever since. You cannot beat the price of this ($124).We have always kept this inside and it has provided hours and hours or entertainment indoors. This thing has given my kiddos a lot of core strength and balance. They love just climbing up on there and watching tv from the top. They hang upside down too. Surprisingly, we have never had any major injuries from this thing. When we first got it, we would put the blocks below under it with a bunch of pillows to cushion any falls. It was interesting to put together, if you made a mistake, it was really hard to take a part. The stop shelf part does easily disconnect though to move it around the house or indoors to outdoors. This thing is worth the wait on Amazon (says 1-2 months for shipping).

A Tonsillectomy Tale, A Dry Run

The week leading up to Reid’s tonsillectomy surgery was finally upon us and it had been a year and a half in the making. The weeks leading up to the surgery seemed so slow and were full of no sleep and escalating emotions. When I say that Reid was having a hard time with his emotions, it wasn’t like normal 4 year old emotions (trust me I know, I’m a well educated psych gypsy). Reid was having a hard time processing or controlling emotions in the mornings and in the evenings. After a full night of 10 hours of sleep, he would wake up grumpy, unrested, and every little thing would throw him into a meltdown. These meltdowns weren’t just bad behavior. They were overwhelming floods of emotions that the little dude couldn’t get control of. In other instances, he was having a really hard time listening and was having a hard time focusing.